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Fifty Shades of Grey Audiobook

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

Please note: This audiobook contains graphic adult content.

Random House Audio’s recording of Fifty Shades of Grey has been remastered in a new edition. If you've already purchased the audiobook, you can re-download the file from My Library to get the new audio.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of his success—multinational businesses, vast wealth, a loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

©2011 E L James (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

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    DENNIS Adelphi, MD, United States 07-08-12
    DENNIS Adelphi, MD, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "You brought a new kind of love to me"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    fun erotica in romance genre


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    no


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s voice?

    realistic modern adolescent


    Do you think Fifty Shades of Grey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    already too many books


    Any additional comments?

    Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee sang the title (of this review) in 1946

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    Jillian Richmond, VA, United States 07-06-12
    Jillian Richmond, VA, United States 07-06-12
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    "totally dissapointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I would have enjoyed it more if it was narrated by someone else, but it was mostly the story I found lacking.


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe nothing, I think most of my dissapointment came from all the attention this series is receiving. I never would have listened to this book if it wasn't the #1 best seller. I found it boring, simple, and cheesy.


    Have you listened to any of Becca Battoe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    if you can get past the cheesy parts, the love scenes were pretty erotic


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    SIGNTEACH 07-06-12
    SIGNTEACH 07-06-12

    A sign language interpreter who finds herself in the car a LOT, traveling from assignment to assignment. Audible saved me from road rage! :)

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    "Oh My! Oh NO!!!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have varied the language use--the vocabulary choices. Get a thesaurus, for goodness' sake! "Oh my..." What 20 something woman says that nowadays--or in the last 50 years??? And how many times can someone "murmur"? Can he/she not also mutter, mumble, or utter under his/her breath??? (Mind you, those are but three of MANY options available rather than repeatedly using the same word.)


    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    There were so many unrealistic points made. Yes, it has it's steamy side, but at what cost? I won't be the spoiler for anyone who's not read it yet, but seriously?!? Especially the first night into the next day. His words to her are ridiculous. And her "inner goddess"??? Ugh!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    Whom would I cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe? ANYONE ELSE who can read clearly; depict individual characters distinctly; pronounce words correctly, and use proper intonation and inflection. Ms. Battoe's voice became irritating to a point of such distraction I have not been able to get past the first part of the book. I would absolutely not consider purchasing the other Audible volumes of the Grey series since she has narrated them as well. If I am to pursue the end of this book, I will buy the digital copy; read it myself, and hope that Ms. Battoe's voice does not sound through my head as I read the written word. I do hope she is a better actress than narrator.


    Did Fifty Shades of Grey inspire you to do anything?

    Did it inspire me to do anything? The Audible version of Fifty Shades of Grey inspired me to READ!


    Any additional comments?

    I have been a big fan of Audible's choices of narrators until now. If there were a way to request a refund, I would most certainly do so. This was a complete train wreck!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Denise warren, OH, United States 07-05-12
    Denise warren, OH, United States 07-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "experienced readers DON'T fall for the hype"

    The books are not well written, incredibly repetitive, there is little character development, and the sex scenes are, well, vanilla.

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    Cynthia United States 07-05-12
    Cynthia United States 07-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprised"
    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't know to say, I can't agree with the past reviews. I like Becca Battoe's voice, I think her inflection and tone is appropriate. It took some time to get used too because well lets face it,middle age women like myself, find the way young people talk a little annoying, but in the case of Anna Steel's charactor I found it endearing.


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades of Grey to and why?

    I haven't read anything like this before. It was an experience.


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    Without reservation, Anna Steele


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did have an extreme reaction. I was drawn in by Anna's disciption of every detailed emotional response. I loved it!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I had reservations about reading this book. I thought it might be distasteful and I wouldn't enjoy it, however, I was wrong it is the most interesting book I have read/listened to in a very long time. I'm glad was open minded.

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    Teresa Snohomish, WA, United States 07-05-12
    Teresa Snohomish, WA, United States 07-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Looking Deeper!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    The triology is really amazing. It really goes into the mind and explores the damage of abuse and neglect at an early age. The subsequent way Christian regains control of his life can be considered shocking, but it really explores the way one mind chooses to cope.


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades of Grey to and why?

    You can't judge this trilogy based on expecting a normal romance novel, now ever the closest I can come to a comparison is Megan Harts "Broken"


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    It was okay. Not tremendous, not bad.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Struggling for Control


    Any additional comments?

    Would make a great mini series, but don't compromise the book by trying to fit it into a 2 hour movie!

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    Kristina CIBOLO, TX, United States 07-05-12
    Kristina CIBOLO, TX, United States 07-05-12
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    "Most Delicious..I am HOOKED"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    No idea...I dont have time to read..I have to listen during "life"..it was read by Becca Bardot...she did a great job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The college graduation...the narrator read it awesome. Made it very real.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    F--k the contract.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Prepare for desires you never knew you had!


    Any additional comments?

    I am HOOKED to 50 shades...have read all 3 books in less than a month...cannot wait for a movie rendition!!

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    Kathleen Soderstrom Michigan 07-04-12
    Kathleen Soderstrom Michigan 07-04-12 Member Since 2011

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    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Maybe ....but no hurry


    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yup


    Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The readers were fine


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Seriously? I am no prude but this was just wierd.


    Any additional comments?

    Just go rent porno. At least it doesn't pretend to be anything else. But hey ...to each his (her) own. I wouldn't argue with anyone wjo enjoyed it.

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    Tammy Borger, TX, United States 07-02-12
    Tammy Borger, TX, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator is HORRIBLE! She ruins the story!"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    probably not


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    California Gold Rush


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    THe narrator in this book absolutely ruined the whole story for me, and when she tried to lower her voice to sound like a man, it made the whole story seem RIDICULOUS!!! What a waste of time and money!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Coldwater, ON, Canada 07-02-12
    Beatrice Coldwater, ON, Canada 07-02-12
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The voice of the narrator was the most annoying voice ever. Drove me nuts. The content was gross and monotonous. I'll never choose another book just because it is a New York Times best seller again.


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less sex scene details and more story line.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Totally detracted from the book. I couldn't stand her voice. Valley girl voice. Ugh!!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    80% of the sex scenes. I normally like that part of books but too much in this book


    Any additional comments?

    No

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